saaki

Illustrator - Japan
I'm an artist who illustrates a dream-like world view, incorporating my own style girls dressed in Japan’s Harajuku fashion and the scents and colors of vintage toys and candies. In my work, I feature girls with big eyes and vividly colored hair, influenced by the magical girls of anime. I am currently working on projects worldwide, spanning a variety of media, from character designs for games to book illustrations and flyers for fashion events.

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  • DOKIDOKI♥Toxxxic Hospital

    ♥ Does your heart flutter? That’s a condition you can’t fix with medicine and bandages. ♥
    This picture came about from an attempt to make something that combined a sexy girl with a crazy use of color. I’ve heard that the Japanese term “doki doki” is understood by English speakers, so I used it in the logo. I really like this piece, with its color and composition.

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  • Dreamin Dreamin

    A lavender sky, pink clouds, unicorns running through the sky, stuffed animals that talk to you. My artistic point of view all started with this picture. I used to have a completely different artistic style, but then the words “take them to a dream world” popped up in my head, and that’s what I drew. Creating this stargazing young girl like the ones found in old shoujo manga, I feel that I found exactly what I now like drawing most.

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About Me

saaki

Illustrator / Japan

I’m from Hiroshima Prefecture and a graduate of the textile design course in the Department of Fine Arts at the Hijiyama University Junior College.

I'm an artist who illustrates a dream-like world view, incorporating my own style girls dressed in Japan’s Harajuku fashion and the scents and colors of vintage toys and candies. In my work, I feature girls with big eyes and vividly colored hair, influenced by the magical girls of anime. I am currently working on projects worldwide, spanning a variety of media, from character designs for games to book illustrations and flyers for fashion events.

My work features a dream-like point of view with girls in Harajuku styles like fairy kei and pastel goth, as well as magical girls, unicorns, bears and other animals done in pastels.
I work in a wide variety of media, including book illustrations and design for various websites, app interfaces and character design, and main visuals for flyers.

  • Creator Namesaaki
  • GenreIllustration
  • NationalityJapan
  • GenderFemale
  • Date of Birth09/05
  • Blood TypeO
  • Zodiac SignVirgo
  • Years ActiveOne year
  • LocationTokyo, Japan

    Experience

    Illustration

    2011: Illustration for "DokiDoki☆Girls Talk special" (Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd)
    2013: Mascot character for "Starlight Deco Dream"
    2013: Main visuals for "HEAVY POP"

    Exhibitions

    Sakura Exhibition 2012
    ARTs*LABo Alice Exhibition
    Girls Illust Exhibition #20 Art Book
    ARTs*LABo Angels & Demons Exhibition
    Sakura Exhibition 2013

    Creator Interview

    What do you pay closest attention to in your work?

    I am very particular about how I draw hair and how I do shadows.
    Also, I make sure to draw hands and legs that are feminine and pretty.

    How long does one picture take?

    It depends on its quality, but with Illustrator, on average it takes six hours for the rough draft, and then eight hours from line art to completion. For an acrylic painting on A4-size paper, it takes about one day from start to finish, including drying time.

    When do you come up with ideas for your work?

    When I’m in the bath, or when I’m cooking, or when I’m looking at an ad on a train.
    Also, when I look at photos of cute girls.